Brush Fire & Lots of Info 6/3/2020

Dear Neighbors
As if there wasn’t enough going on in our country and state, Beaver Creek had a close call with a brush fire running on the east side of I-17 between MP 293 (McGuireville) and north to about MP 296. The northbound lanes were closed while fire crews defeated the flames. This could have been a tragedy for families in Beaver Creek if the fire had continued further eastward. POBs (pats on back) to MANNY ROMERO for the fine photos and videos of the event which are posted on the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CopperCanyonFMD/videos/255205849128650 
However, earlier in the day, Jodi Rooney spoke at the State Transportation Board meeting in support of replacing our inadequate I-17 interchange and bridge in McGuireville. She is a transportation professional and a candidate for the Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor office. Her work is a follow up to the fine letter of support for this project sent to that board in April and to the presentations from the BCCA Board last year. Her words:
“You have helped us with many projects over the years and it is our intention to continue to be innovative and follow through.  We also appreciate Board Member Gary Knight representing us.
I-17, by its nature, requires multiple improvement and maintenance.  ADOT, FHWA and regional partners have always stepped up.  Our current national economic situation has required us all to sacrifice.  We are seeing this with the tentative 5-year program.  While we understand this, I speak to and ask that I-17 continue to remain a priority.  Specifically, project H68000, study roadway widening, design, construction – I-17 from Anthem Way TI to Cordes Junction (over $300 million).
I believe Supervisor Thurman sent a letter last month regarding the McGuireville TI.  I ask that you keep this on the radar. 
This ‘N That
  • Please complete the 10 census questions for your household altogether or individually. Just get it done! www.2020census.gov. (See flyer below)  Add /jobs to get that info.
  • The weekly Food Share at Beaver Creek School will be open for drive thru every Thursday in June & July from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. The 2nd Saturday food distribution will continue as always from 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM. (See flyer below)
  • Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle have now opened trails for public use. Montezuma Well remains closed. (BCCA has sent a written request to open the trails and picnic area at the well.) (See flyer below)
  • The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meetings will resume in person meeting after July 1. Meanwhile here is the streaming info for today’s meeting: live stream by going to www.Yavapai.us/District2 and this is the link to the agenda https://destinyhosted.com/agenda.
    • On Monday, June 1, the Yavapai County Recorder’s office opened for in person services.
    • The Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commissions and Board of Adjustments will resume meetings in September using social distancing and other safety protocols.
Taking fire precautions,
. . . . . the calendar crew  
  
MONTEZUMA CASTLE AND TUZIGOOT NATIONAL MOUMENTS ARE BEGINNING TO INCREASE RECREATIONAL ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPACES.
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are increasing recreational access to trails and outdoor spaces. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
 
Beginning June 5 th , 2020, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will reopen access to:
  • Outside trails at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
  • Picnic areas at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
  • Visitor Centers
  • Park Stores
  • Museums
  • Restrooms
  • Montezuma Well (Entire Unit)
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are also observing Stage II Fire Restrictions.    During this stage, the following is prohibited:
  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including use of charcoal or briquettes.
  • The use of stoves or grills that are solely fueled by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) are allowed.
  • Operating internal combustion power tools, such as a chainsaw or other equipment, between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator are allowed
  • Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle.  Deposit butts in an ashtray, do not toss or discard on the road or surrounding ground.
  • The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At The Verde Valley Monuments, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
    While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders (https://www.yavapai.us/chs), practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. 

    We have amazing virtual tours of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot all of the time, so for people who are still home schooling or not traveling at this time check out www.nps.gov/moca or www.nps.gov/tuzi.

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    eNews 5/18/2020 – Lots of Info

    Dear Neighbors
    Watch out for the wind today and especially tomorrow…predicted to be up to 31 MPH today and 37 MPH on Tuesday. No fires allowed per Copper Canyon Fire & Medical restrictions.
    The Beaver Creek Library is back to their 6 day a week schedule which includes Saturdays. Service is still call ahead for curbside service. Open 10:30 AM to 6 PM Mondays through Thursdays and 9 AM to 3 PM on Friday and Saturday.
    The Lake Montezuma Women’s Civic Club wishes to thank everyone who bid on the four-basket fundraiser. $400 was contributed for the scholarship fund.
    Last Thursday was the first weekly Food Share in Beaver Creek. These will continue throughout the summer in addition to the Beaver Creek Food Bank at the Beaver Creek School the 2nd Saturday morning of each month. The Beaver Creek Kiwanis have purchased 60 whole frozen chickens for the boxes this Thursday which will again be a drive through at Beaver Creek School from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Thank you to Marlyn Van Keuren, YC District 2 Executive Assistant for making this happen, to the Salvation Army for making the delivery and to Manzanita Outreach for providing and packing the food. Volunteers at the site included Marlyn, Jodi Rooney (candidate in the upcoming District 2 election), Jessica Herrera, Roz Birdsall, Mark Holst, Bev Jackson (Cornville Community Association President), Beth Franklin (BC Librarian), and Janet Aniol.
    ****On Wednesday, May 20, Beaver Creek School’s 8th grade class will be doing a parade for their promotion. The parade will begin at BC School and follow a route that takes us down by the Lake Montezuma Village Square (see picture). The parade will begin at the school at 6 PM. Staff and Parents are hoping to get support from the community. Please come out and cheer on our 8th graders as they prepare to move on to high school. Thank you in advance for your support in making what could have been a disappointment to our students into something memorable for them.
    The Beaver Creek Community Association is working on a questionnaire for the six candidates for the office of Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor in order to give voters more information. If you would like to make a recommendation for a question, please email the calendar crew. The BCCA board meets today, further information is below.
    Since all six of the above candidates are Republicans, the new supervisor will be elected in the Primary election on August 4. Information for registered Independents is below.
    Wind in the forecast,
    . . . . . the calendar crew  
     
    Yes! Arizona has an open primary law which allows any voter who is registered as independent to cast a ballot for one of the officially recognized political parties in State Primary Elections. Independent voters on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) will receive a postcard in the mail asking them to choose which party ballot they wish to receive for the Primary Election. The corresponding primary ballot will then be sent by mail to the voter to complete approximately 27 days prior to the election.
    Independent voters who go to the polls on Election Day will be given the option to choose a party ballot at that time.
    Monthly Meeting – Via Zoom
     Monday, May 18, 2020, 3:00 PM
    Beaver Creek Community Association 
    AGENDA
     
    Public participation is appreciated. There is a 2-minute time limit for public participation/comments from individuals. We encourage people to use ZOOM to participate.
    Call for Public Discussion Items not listed below. Discussion with residents.
    President’s Update :
    1. Minutes for March & Financial Report: Request to accept donations toward Rollins Park upkeep from Mikki & Terry Weissinger and Dennis & Janet Aniol
    1. New Business.   Discussion and possible action on each
    • Cornville Community Association request for assistance in the P&Z process in reference to the Spring Creek Ranch proposal. From their president, Bev Jackson, If you could encourage your citizens to write a letter opposing Spring Creek Ranch that would be WONDERFUL.  The developers have been all over Sedona getting signatures on form letters and have almost 200!   Each household can submit one letter.  There are instructions for addressing on our website. www.cornvilleaz.org As soon as we know when this will be heard by the P&Z Commission, I will also share that date so that anyone who is willing to attend and support our fight against adding 2100 units (4200+ people) on less than 1% of the land occupied by the slightly less than 4000 people currently in our small community.”
    1. Old Business. Discussion and possible action on each
    • Rollins Park update
    • District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman wrote to ADOT in support of our quest to improve and reconstruct TI 293 on I-17 at McGuireville. He received the following response from the Division Director of Multimodal Planning, “I am in receipt of your email and have directed our planning team to add this project to our current call for projects. It will be added to the list of projects to be reviewed and evaluated for prioritization in the 2022 project priority list.”
    • 6 candidates for the District 2 Supervisor office. List of questions for candidate responses to help our votes make an informed decision.
    • Thank you letter to Supervisor Tom Thurman for his letter to ADOT on our behalf.
    • Thank you letter to Marlyn Van Keuren for her work in setting up a weekly food share for Beaver Creek.
     
     
    Adjournment. The next meeting is at 3 PM on June 8, 2020 in the Beaver Creek Adult Center.
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